Founder + CEO | Chief Engagement Consultant
Annette Miller has lived in Madison since 1989 with her life partner, Mike, and three children they have raised together. Annette’s career spans decision-making roles across state and local government and as an executive in the private sector. She brings 25 years of strong professional policy and analytic skills, and a wide network of community, government, and business relationships, especially with Dane County’s diverse populations.
Annette launched EQT By Design to focus on developing diverse, inclusive, sustainable strategies in public engagement, equitable community development projects, and organizational cultural change management.
As CEO and founder of EQT By Design, Miller’s passion is ensuring that inclusion and engagement are front and center in her work. Annette is committed to the deconstruction of processes and practices that create inequity within organizations and systems. She seeks to listen, learn, and engage diverse voices within and outside of organizations to co-create inclusive processes and people-centered decision-making.
Annette obtained her Bachelor of Arts from UW- Madison in 1992, and her Masters in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership in 2017 from Edgewood College. She is also certified in International Association of Public Participation (IA P2) and Anima Deep Diversity.
COO | Chief Organizational Development Consultant
Diara Parker is the COO and Chief Organizational Development Consultant for EQT By Design, where she supports organizations and communities as they redesign, build, and implement strategic initiatives through an equity- and justice-centered lens. Within EQT By Design, Diara oversees organizational operations, including marketing and communications, information technology, and team development and growth.
Diara has nearly a decade of experience leading equity-centered strategy development, systems analysis, and community engagement on a local, statewide, and national level. She also has experience leading organizational change management efforts centered around examining agency leadership structures and decision-making pathways, as well as implementing internal equity reviews.
Diara has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is passionate about employing sustainable, equity-driven approaches to change management that center marginalized voices and perspectives.
Mayra Medrano is a 2020 MBA graduate from American University with 15 years of work experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Mayra has been a community advocate fostering and nurturing relationships that significantly improve organizational public awareness. She has volunteered her time with several community organizations, and is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County (Wisconsin). Mayra is also the co-founder and former President of the Madison Public Market Foundation. Mayra is passionate about economic development initiatives that create positive systematic change for communities and regions. Mayra is contracted with EQT By Design in addition to her other professional endeavors.
Engagement Partnerships Consultant
Mathias Lemos Castillo is originally from the country of Uruguay and has resided in Madison, Wisconsin for the majority of his life. A longtime community member, Mathias has worked with numerous organizations alongside the Local Voices Network as their Partner Engagement Manager & Spanish Conversation Lead to amplify marginalized voices on a national level. Mathias has a strong passion for group facilitation, social justice, community service and activism. Mathias brings a strong community oriented background to his work and has knowledge on how to engage people, communities, and entities both locally and nationally. Mathias prides himself in making sure key players are well aligned in his work. Mathias is contracted with EQT By Design in addition to his other professional endeavors.
Communications + Policy Consultant
Matthew Braunginn is native Madisonian. He is an experienced policy and community development analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the “Think Tank” industry. He has strong professional skills in policy research and writing, and is knowledgeable in racial and economic equity, climate change, and city infrastructure. Matthew is also an experienced communications consultant well versed in distilling complex problems and solutions and presenting them in easy to understand packages. He has strong skills in policy memos, press releases, and op-eds. Matthew is a graduate of Purdue University with a BA in Political Science. Matthew is contracted with EQT By Design in addition to his other professional endeavors.
Design / Creatives Consultant
Joel Campos has comprehensive knowledge with technical and historical tools to express visual ideas with clarity during his studies at California State University where he received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Progress, Industrial, and Product Design. As part of EQT’s creatives team, Joel has developed graphics and marketing materials with an equity lens for a wide range of clients. Joel is contracted with EQT By Design in addition to his other professional endeavors.
EQT By Design exists to bring diverse voices into the center of decision-making. Diverse voices in decision-making builds the pathway to overall happiness, health and well-being.
Social Media Consultant
Jennifer Smith is an accomplished professional with a depth and breadth of diverse communication, technology, and project management skills. She has a proven ability to research, assimilate and clearly communicate information. Jennifer is contracted with EQT By Design in addition to her other professional endeavors.